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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 10:56 PM
Number of posts: 36,053

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

How is your winter shaping up?

Here in Upstate New York at the east end of Lake Ontario, things are mighty strange. This area is notorious for 200+ inches of snow a year. So far - nothing. It looks line early November out there. Predicting weather more than a few days out is a crap shoot, but one extended forecast shows only a few days below freezing into mid-January! We may get a late season massive snowfall, but it looks like we're due for a record warm winter.

A gift for you all here.

Execution by police officers may have been the only

outcome that didn't risk other lives, but it's too bad that we're left guessing at the motives. It's also possible that we turned these two into martyrs for a cause.

High frequency hearing lost at the movies -

I have trouble with women's voices, background noises and sometimes hard consonants. I do OK at home with hearing aids and closed captioning. Has anyone any experience with actually going to the movies? There are a lot of films I'd like to see without waiting for the DVD to come out.

Christmas dinner for 2 - need suggestions.

That "oh for dumb" moment when you realize that not only

did you forget the code for the 10% discount, but that you gave the wrong expiration date for your credit card.

Some of us shouldn't be allowed near computers when tired, even if it is Cyber Monday!

Any singers here? What's the best way to clear my vocal cords

before singing? I'm not a professional, just part of a church choir. Lately my Sjogren's means I always need to clear my throat before singing, but I don't want to damage my vocal cords. I've thought about using guaifenesin ahead of time, what do you think?

Anyone know where Jim Cantore is spending Thanksgiving?

I have to know if the weather is going to screw up my travel plans.


I had my hair cut yesterday by a woman who has run her own shop for 30 years. She has diabetes and is also on Social Security. Her husband drove a truck for a living, but had his license revoked over heart problems. He's approved for Social Security Disability, but won't get the first check until mid-January.

They're using food stamps and local pantries to get by. He hates the idea of being on any form of welfare after working all his life.

Their home was robbed last January by a pair of heroin addicts. The factory jobs have left our small town over the last 30 years, and so have most of the young people. The woman's customer base is aging out, with many in their 80's. They aren't coming in to get their hair styled as often because they are all on Social Security as well.

So, the Challenge:

Without mentioning or even hinting at any other candidate, tell us what your candidate could do for these people.

Martin O'Malley

on Social Security:
Increase Social Security benefits for all retirees—both today’s and tomorrow’s. Governor O’Malley supports immediately boosting monthly benefits in a progressive manner for all Social Security was intended as a supplement to individual savings and pensions, but today, one in five married couples, and nearly half of unmarried individuals, rely almost exclusively on Social Security checks to survive. More than two-thirds of Americans near retirement will not have enough savings to maintain their current standard of living.
Strengthen Social Security’s long-term fiscal outlook. The solvency of Social Security is not in crisis: Social Security has adequate funds to pay full benefits through 2034. But to pay for expanded benefits, Governor O’Malley supports lifting the cap on the payroll tax for workers earning more than $250,000.In addition, Congress should implement policies to lift the wages of all workers, which will make meaningful contributions to Social Security’s long-term balance sheet. This includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and enacting comprehensive immigration reform.
Ensure Social Security benefits are sufficient to keep retirees out of poverty. The immediate future is dire for many Americans nearing retirement: one in five Americans has no retirement savings at all. To keep seniors out of poverty, Governor O’Malley supports increasing the special minimum social security benefit to 125 percent of the poverty line for Americans who have worked at least 30 years.


on drug addiction:

As Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley brought all resources to bear to stop the epidemic of drug addiction and overdose. In Baltimore, Martin O’Malley expanded access to drug treatment to thousands of people while more than doubling funding for the city’s treatment system. His innovative efforts drove a 60 percent reduction in overdose deaths from heroin over 10 years—a program still cited as a successful national model.

In Maryland, Governor O’Malley supported innovative services for individuals in recovery to help them gain employment, as well as contribute to their families and their communities. As president, O’Malley would:

Implement a Public Health Response to Addiction. Incarceration is an inadequate—and in most cases inappropriate—response for people in need of treatment for substance use disorders. O’Malley will provide individuals with the care and support they require outside of the justice system, as detailed in his criminal justice reform plan. He will also establish federal guidelines for law enforcement on how to best serve people in crisis, support state Crisis Intervention Training for police officers, and ensure that people leaving prison or jail have the support they need—including substance use disorder treatment—to successfully reenter their communities.
Support Community Recovery Services. Recovery from addiction is holistic, involving not only clinical treatment but also resilience, support, and longer term care. O’Malley will provide a new level of support for community-based recovery for individuals suffering from mental illness and addiction, making urgent new investments across the country in housing, supported employment, and outpatient treatment.


(my bolding)

Which is more likely:

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